“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
— Mark Twain
Anger is a huge impediment to all that giving can give us. I wrote a bit about it the other day.
Of course, that advice is all well and good but it only does any good if it’s followed. Especially by this author.
Case in point. A few nights ago, one of my loving children was up at 2am being loud. Upon waking, I informed the offender of the gravity of the offense. The guilty party readily agreed to go to bed earlier and be quiet.
Then last night at 2am the offender was again being loud. This awoken parent was not happy. After informing the offender of the gravity of a 2nd offense, the author went back to bed, doing his Incredible Hulk impersonation.
After 5 minutes, the dawning realization occurred that the acid burns the vessel. Unable to completely pat down the hackles on his neck, he got out of bed and did the only sensible thing.
He cleaned his garage.
After several hours, the spouse of the author came down and gave him a hug. No longer angry, the blogger realized he had not only talked himself out of his anger, he had channeled it into something better.
As 2012 approaches, I hope that you can channel those moments of anger into something positive and that your resolutions give back to you, your family, your neighbors, your community and your world.
Enjoy the video. I made it almost exactly two years ago after a similar cleaning.
Happy New Year!
Cleaned a garage. I’m sure it helped somebody. Sadly, it needs a lot more help.